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Home Remedies For Sinus Infection

Posted on: May 9th, 2016 by Sinus11 No Comments

Many people developed some types of upper respiratory symptoms when they fail to function properly as a result of unresolved cold and allergies or irritants from environment pollution.

Unfortunately, sinus infection is one of the most common conditions.

What is it?

Sinus infection is the result of excess mucus productions that accumulate in our nasal or sinus cavities which encourage the growth of micro-organisms.

Infection can be viral or bacterial. How do you differentiate the two?

In viral infection you will experience clear and runny discharge which is caused by the common cold and allergies. Likewise, bacterial infection produces greenish-yellow discharge.

Another tell-tale sign is the swelling and inflammation of the membrane. Development of fever or sore throat is also common.

Often the symptoms of a sinus infection are similar to most upper respiratory infection.

Why do our glands secrete excess mucus?

As we breathe in foreign matters such as dusts, our immune system response immediately by activating the mucus gland to produce mucus which is natural.

Excessive secretions only occurred when virus or bacterial enter our nasal passage. The trapped mucus begins to accumulate thus allowing bacteria to grow and spread.

Majority of the symptoms can be treated using natural or home remedies but if the infection is caused by bacteria then you may need antibiotics.

The first step to prevent an infection is to treat the cold symptoms. The moment you show signs it is important to find an effective method to clear sinus congestion.

If this step is carried out successfully, you’ll soon find relief and perhaps prevent sinusitis from recurring.

Home remedies for sinus infection can be products or certain techniques that you can find and use in the comfort of your home environment.

Let’s start with herbs.

Herbal Remedies

There are some herbs that are found in the kitchen or garden that can actually reduce infection or at least stop them from spreading. But not all pt them are suitable and those that do usually possess antiseptic, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and decongestant properties.

Eucalyptus and lemon balm are used for their antibacterial and expectorants properties meaning they are able to reduce mucus.

Garlic, a natural antibiotic that is popularly used in the kitchen is one of the best. The active component Allicin has been known to kill bacteria, boosts the immune system and prevent infection.

This natural herb does not interfere with the flora in your intestine unlike prescription antibiotics which tend to kill the good and bad.

Eating raw garlic is the best way to fight infection but if you dislike the taste they are available as tablets and capsules.

Ginger is another herb which you can use by steeping thin slices in hot water for 10 minutes and drink it as tea. Inhaling the warm vapors can also relieve pain and pressure.

Alkylamides found in the roots of Echinacea may help to reduce the period of cold symptoms and viruses attacking the upper respiratory tract.

Fenugreek, elderberry and horseradish are also beneficial to dry up mucus and relieve sinus pressure.

One of these herbs is elderberry, which has actually been proven to reduce mucous in the sinuses and reduce swelling of the mucous membranes and lining of the sinus. Elderberry can be taken in extract form or made into a syrup.

Golden Seal an anti-microbial and immune booster herb is also beneficial for your respiratory conditions.

Essential Oil

Oil extracted from herbal plants has played an important role in our lives to treat many health issues from relieving headache, toothache to sinus problems.

Oregano oil with its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties has been used to treat sinusitis. Add 1 to 2 drops in water or juice and drink it several times a day until your condition has improved.

Another usage is to mix few drops with a carrier oil and massage or rub it directly at the opening of your nose and above your eyes. You can also use peppermint oil to break up mucus.

Manuka Honey

Honey is known to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antiseptic effect which is ideal for your sinus infection. Just take a teaspoon of New Zealand Manuka honey each morning until you see signs of improvement.

Alternate way is to make a nose drop solution by adding a teaspoon of honey into a cup of hot distilled water followed by quarter teaspoon of salt and mixed them. With an eyedropper applies 5 to 7 drops into your nasal.

Herbal Steam Inhalation

Steam helps to moisten and soothe irritated passages.

It is a powerful and less costly way of reducing respiratory infection cause by excess mucus that lodged in your cavities.

A more therapeutic way is to inhale herbal steam generated by adding herbs to boiling water.

This hydrotherapy is easy to implement and works well to help you breathe normally and to discharge mucus faster.

Its ease of use has gain popularity as a home remedies to relieve all types of respiratory conditions.

You can boil any herbs that have anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties or those that contain menthols. Our aim here is to get rid of infection by unblocking the nose.

If you do this two to four times per day you will start to see improvement in your symptoms.

Peppermint, eucalyptus, wintergreen, ginger, thyme, sage, oregano are example of the types of herbs you can use.

But you don’t have to restrict yourself to herbs only as some of my readers add essential oil such as oregano and eucalyptus and inhale the vapors.

I do think this works far better than the extracting the roots and leaves of the plants with water.

Thin and Drain Mucus

One best way to thin mucus and promote drainage is to drink plenty of fluids.

Drinking and inhaling steam from herbal tea is the fastest and easiest way to thin and loosen infected mucus. Do this several times a day followed by blowing out excess secretions to prevent blockage.

Sinus Rinse and Irrigation To Promote Drainage

Rinsing sinuses may seems uncomfortable for some people but this technique if use correctly few times a day can actually reduce secretions and remove infected mucus completely.

The aim here is to flush out the sinus cavities, loosen stubborn mucus and to keep the membrane lining clean and clear.

A simple and yet effective method is to spray saline directly into your nose. This salt solution with anti-microbial properties can kill most micro-organisms that reside in the cavities.

You can make your own saline wash solution at home with unprocessed salt which is better for your inflamed lining.

Saline Mist

Unlike steam and rinse, using a device such as a vaporizer to emit fine mist directly into your nose is another fast and effective way to soothe your stuffy nose, open nasal, reduces congestion and to promote drainage.

Taking Decongestant

Decongestants are often taken to break up painful congestion.

There are many natural decongestants that work as well as OTC (over-the-counter) medicines without the side effects.

A good example is onion, Japanese wasabi, steam as mentioned above or any spicy foods.

Cutting a raw onion has an immediate effect on thick mucus and also get your tears flowing.

Wash Hands

Keeping hands clean is an important practice to prevent the spread of germs and other viruses.

And when your sinuses are bad, you should wash hands after blowing your nose each time to stop bacteria from re-entering the nasal passage and other parts of your body.

Remember to throw away infected tissues immediately after use.

Consider Pressure

Apply gentle pressure with the pads of your fingers on both sides of your nose and between your eyebrows can alleviate pain and improve blood circulation to the membrane that lined the cavities.

Use Warm Compress

A warm compress when place over infected sinus region can prove to be effective as it help to reduce facial pain, headaches and thin mucus in congested cavities for easy expulsion.

You can either steam or place a warm towel over your face. I like to add few drops of eucalyptus oils or menthol for that extra effect.

Besides warm towel, you can also crush fresh ginger roots and applied on your forehead to stimulate circulation.

These are some of the home remedies for you to use. You can find more in Treatments For Sinusitis ebook.

Lastly, if you suffer from bacterial infection you need to seek the advice of a professional medical practitioner.

How To Deal With Sinusitis

Posted on: April 18th, 2016 by Sinus11 No Comments

I have been asked many times especially during the cold and flu season on how to deal with sinusitis, commonly known as sinus problems.

This is a good thing as everyone comes down with some type of sinus problems at least once in their life time. Well, it doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy, yet I have seen many people including athletes complain about sinusitis.

Before you learn how to deal with sinusitis you must learn how to recognize the symptoms. It is similar to the symptoms of cold and flu; runny nose, headache and stuffy nose. But if you experience something like pain and pressure around the face and nose region, nasal congestion, clear or colored mucus discharge, throat irritation and in chronic case, a post nasal drip, then this is clearly the sign of sinus problems.

You have two choices; you can go on medication or deal with it naturally.

For some unknown reason I often like to tough it out and let nature take its course. But not many of you are like me able to tolerant any sinus discomfort.

If you’re prone to sinusitis, then there are a few things you can do to prevent it from getting worst.

Give alcohol a miss, the reason I suggest this is because alcohol dehydrates and cause swelling to your mucus membrane.

Drink plenty of clear fluid or my favorite chicken broth. This will help to stop mucus from becoming too thick, which is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria to thrive. Sinus infection is something we really want to prevent as they can lead to complication.

Eat plenty of garlic, this is what a my friend has done as it helps to break up mucus which some people use the fancy term ‘mucolytic’ and also garlic is a natural antibiotic.

Another way of breaking mucus is to eat spicy food. I’m not asking you to eat chili on its own, try to be a little creative and add it into your cooking. Perhaps you might want to add a few slice of ginger and onion into your signature dish or whip up a Mexican chili beef.

If you want to try herbal stuff, then I suggest you try Echinacea. It is a cold and flu herb and is available as tincture (liquid extract) and tablets.

Vitamin C is always the first form of treatment during the cold and flu season to help your body fight infection. Take 1-2 tablets a day as over dosage of this vitamin may cause dry skin.

And if you have sore throat, try gargle with salt solution.

How about nasal congestion?

This is often the number one discomfort most of us encounter and it can make you feel terrible. There are several ways to solve this problem one way is to use an ancient device called the Neti pot.

How do you do this?

You pour saline solution through one side of your nostril (say you start with your right side) and gently blow out the water and mucus on the other nostril and vice versa.

Don’t know or can’t find a Neti pot? A simple trick is to use a small teapot.
Another way is to rub peppermint oil or the cheap Vicks Vapor-rub in the nasal cavities.

These are some of the methods which you can try to deal with your sinusitis if you haven’t done anything about it.

Medicine For Sinus

Posted on: April 14th, 2016 by Sinus11 No Comments

Medicine for sinus are normally prescribed to reduce inflammation and clogged sinuses in order to help the body’s immune system to fight back.

The inflammation and swelling are usually the results of a sinus infection. Hence, when a sufferer gets an infection, there is much more than taking antihistamine, pain killer and antibiotic.

For sinus allergy reaction, often it is important to stop the flow of excessive mucus secretion which can block the sinus cavities leading to severe bacteria and fungal infection.

Sinus infection is harder to treat and the use of either OTC (over the counter) or prescription medicine for sinus may often be necessary for a short period of time if all other treatment methods fail.

Medications such as nasal decongestants, corticosteroids, nasal spray and antihistamines are sometimes effective in treating infection, preventing infections in susceptible individuals and reduce sinus symptoms when they occur.

As there are many side effects following the use of most prescription medications, treatments should only be undertaken under the direction of a qualified health care provider.

Over the counter medicine

Decongestants
If you experience sinus pain and pressure, your doctor is most likely to recommend a decongestant to help the drainage of your sinuses by reducing the amount of mucus.
However, decongestant should only be used for a few days.

Antihistamines
If you show sign of itchy nose, watery eyes and runny nose, and if your doctor diagnoses allergy then he or she may recommend antihistamine.

Expectorant
In the event where too much mucus are being secreted, then expectorant may be use to remove mucus in the sinuses.

Pain killer
Pain killers are taken to reduce sinus pain and headache. They are available OTC. Stronger pain killers are generally prescribed by your doctor.

Analgesics pain relievers can also use to reduce pain associated with sinus pressure.

Nasal spray
Nasal spray is used to clean your nasal passage and clear congestion. There are several brand name available at the pharmacy, your local pharmacist assistant should be able to recommend one that works.

Spray containing steroid is generally sold under prescription to treat severe inflammation of the sinuses.

Prescription medicine

Corticosteroids
Available as nasal spray or oral to reduce swelling and inflammation of the sinus membrane if OTC medications do not response well to your sinus problems.

Antibiotics

For bacteria or fungal infection, antibiotics are generally prescribed for sinus infection and most offer very short term effect and has no advantage for acute sinusitis.

Statistics have shown that about one in seven Americans suffer from chronic sinusitis suggests that conventional medicine for sinus are not very effective.

Therefore, many sufferers are constantly looking for ways to clear their sinus pain. Many have found one or a few sinus remedies that help to eliminate this discomfort.

How To Manage Sinusitis Effectively

Posted on: March 13th, 2016 by Sinus11 1 Comment

If you suspect that you may have come down with sinusitis which is the inflammation of the sinuses, the good news is there are ways to manage some of the symptoms; nasal congestion, headache, runny nose, facial pain etc…

The 6 basic steps on how to manage your sinusitis effectively include:

1.Get a proper diagnosis.
Your local health provider is able to identify the specific allergens, irritants or other factors that may trigger your ailment.

Cold and flu medicines aren’t the right medicine if you have nasal congestion. The first step is to find out why you’re suffering from congestion as this may be the symptoms of the common cold.

Once you have been properly diagnosed, it is vital that you take the appropriate steps to control and manage your condition effectively.

2.Avoiding or reducing exposures to irritants, allergens and other external triggers that may contribute to your sinus problems.
By avoiding known triggers and allergy-proof your environment especially your home can greatly improve your life, reduce or in some cases eliminate your need for medications.

3.Educate yourself on your sinus problems.
There are many materials on the internet which you can use to educate yourself. Some are very helpful whereas others are not. There are also many self-help books in the library or bookshops which you read up to better understand your debilitating conditions.

4.Take long-term preventive measures.
Long-term preventive medications such as herbal remedies, physical therapies and alternative medicines are often helpful in the long run for your underlying conditions. And when you experience flare-up or sudden sinus attack then short-term medications such as anti-histamine, corticosteroid and other prescription medications may sometime necessary to control your sinus episodes.

5.Follow your treatment plan.
You should ideally have a plan in place to keep yourself informed about all aspects of your condition.
Make sure you have an action plan to deal with your symptoms. You should have found some remedies in “Your Complete Drug Free Treatments For Sinusitis” ebook for relief.

6.Keep your body healthy to avoid developing more symptoms so that you can enjoy your life.
You should lead a healthy lifestyle by being active, eat nutritious food and avoid those that may worsen your sinus health.